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I’m continuing my series on classic movies, where I review a classic film from my list of favorites. In re-watching this film as preparation for my post, I remembered why An Affair To Remember is one of my all time favorites.
It is “A relentlessly heart-tugging tale of two soulmates whose love even great tragedy cannot tear asunder…brought to us by two of the classiest acts in Hollywood history: Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.” (via the Guardian)
- Year: 1957
- Starring: Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr
Synopsis from IMDB: A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building – but will it happen?
Why I Love It:
- It portrays a life that I will never know, where people dress up to walk around cruise ships and drink pink champagne (see below). It’s fun to live my life vicariously through them!
- Cary Grant is one of my all time favorite actors. He’s the perfect blend of funny and charming in this movie. He and Deborah Kerr were allowed to improvise during their scenes together, which makes their witty banter so good.
- As in Casablanca, the theme song is woven so beautifully through the movie. It’s heartwarming and so emotional.
- My Gramma loved this movie and I have fun memories of watching it with her!
It’s Worth Mentioning That:
- Nora Ephron Strikes Again! This film was referenced in the movie Sleepless in Seattle, which she wrote and directed. Rita Wilson’s character explains the story to Tom Hanks and breaks down in tears doing so (it’s the best part of that movie!). This is the third movie in my Comfort Classics series with ties to Nora Ephron – she and I have all the same favorite movies! 🙂
- There are a couple weird things in the movie that, as the kids say, “haven’t aged well.” There are a couple musical numbers that are weird and not necessary as well as a running gag referencing television in the 50’s.
Here are two of my favorite scenes:
Where To Watch It:
You might even be able to find it for free on YouTube. Just saying. 🙂
If You Like This, You Also Might Enjoy:
- Young At Heart: A similarly heart-wrenching movie about love and soulmates, with Frank Sinatra and Doris Day
- His Girl Friday: A slapstick, quick dialogue movie with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell – full of improv and witty banter
- Casablanca: Read my review on this one here!
I tried not to give any spoilers in the clips I shared above. You’ll have to watch it to find out what happens. Be careful if you look it up on YouTube – there are lots of spoilers in the clips posted there.
Have you seen An Affair To Remember? If not, have I convinced you to give it a watch?